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Violence What Are Its Effects Children begin watching television at an early age sometimes as early as six months Children are most prone to being influenced by what they see when they are young So the question arises as to how the content being viewed affects children at the younger stages of life Some claim that television violence does not affect children in a negative way yet others say that it plants ideas in childrens head that could become destructive Many arguments are focused on the amount of television that children watchand the volume of violence in the shows There are more arguments saying that it does affect children than those saying it does not While both arguments seem justified it seems that the argument stating that it does affect children has more backing to it Children watch a lot of television It is recorded that they watch over 2400 hours a year Kalin By the time they are 18 years old they will have seen approximately 7 years of television With all this television watching they are sure to see some violence It is also said that the violence is portrayed in the wrong way The television rewards violence justifies violence and has numerous acts of violence After a while children become immune to violence in real life They also accept it as a way to solve things and eventually imitate what they see on television Kalin Once an idea is planted in a childs head he will carry it into adulthood Some violence is more harmful than other types Random violence is an example of this as is realistic fictional violence Both of these types make children believe that violence is not a serious issue When children are young they think a lot of things are real Most likely any child who thinks Santa Claus is real will also believe that the things he sees on television is real nctvv
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